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CA$ 19,653 pledged of CA$ 100,000 goal
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WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW?
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See our "Updates" section for details about the project's current direction.

About the Library IdeaLab's Kickstarter:

(PRE-PIVOT)

We can't keep up with the growing use of technology in Libraries, but we want to! At the Calgary Public Library Foundation, we recognize that computers, software, internet access, and less accessible “toys” are a huge part of literacy today—and while we love books, we're passionate about giving everyone access to the learning tools they need. Our library computers and tech-related resources are in use from open to close, with people often waiting for the opportunity to use them.

That's why we need the IdeaLab. We envision the IdeaLab as a space dedicated to increasing our city's digital and creative skills. It will give people of all ages access to cutting-edge technology while nurturing problem-solving skills. Your support is an investment in your city and the future of libraries.

In addition to our monetary goal, we are aiming to reach 60,000 backers to demonstrate community support for the IdeaLab. Your support—even a single dollar—puts us even closer to building the best public library in the world.

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*Can't see the image well enough? Check us out on Instagram and Twitter @LibraryFdnYYC or on Facebook at Calgary Public Library Foundation for larger images that are being posted daily

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Any of the prizes with options (mugs, totes, etc) will be chosen by you after we reach our goal.

The Master Plan

Because it's such a big project, we've planned the IdeaLab in Phases. This Kickstarter is to raise the money we need to build Phase One. Below is what we plan to do with the money at each level.

Phase One: $100,000 (THIS KICKSTARTER)

Our core funding comes from our city; giving us the space, computers, and basic furniture to host the IdeaLab. The following will give us the ability to grow our IdeaLab into a space worthy of its name.

1. The LEGO® Library model: a small portion of this money will go towards funding the replica of Calgary's New Central Library that was built out of LEGO Bricks.

2. A "How to Guide" for other libraries to adapt and implement our structure moving libraries into the 21st century.

3. LEGO outreach kits that consist mainly of LEGO Education packages for individuals and groups to rent out and learn invaluable creative, linguistic, and problem-solving skills.

4. Creative and data mining applications, enabling our patrons to look at demographic data–researching statistics from all over the world—and allow them to develop skills on programs like Photoshop and InDesign.

Phase Two:

Build a Brick Room with 1 million LEGO bricks for the public to build out their ideas, communicate, and most importantly–PLAY!

Phase Three:

This money has the potential to future-proof the IdeaLab—ensuring that the Library can afford to stay on top of advancements in technology and maintain the space. It will include but is not limited to: 3D printers, circuit pens, 3D drawing pens, robust programs and supplies, tablets, drawing tablets, and computers with immense creative capacity. At this level, we will have the opportunity to keep the Library at the forefront of technology, consistently updating our resources to facilitate learning for generations to come.

Risks and challenges

1. As with many (but not all) Kickstarters, our project won't exist without your support. The City of Calgary provides our core infrastructure, but without public support, our project won't come to life. A strange but interesting part of this campaign is that if it succeeds, we can use it to show other libraries how important tech spaces are. If it doesn't succeed, it will make it a lot more difficult for us to advocate for the necessity of free tech resources in library spaces.

2. The IdeaLab won't be built until 2018, and some of the rewards won't be fulfilled until then. We're aware that by starting this early we might lose momentum with the public, but in order to get through our three phases of fundraising, we need to start now. We plan to maintain momentum with updates for our backers along the way, giving them access to information and images that will keep them in the loop with our project progress.

3. Reward fulfillment. This is a tricky part of any Kickstarter—we know that delays may come. Luckily, we're prepared to meet that with hard work, persistence, and a lot of spreadsheets. We intend to have our tangible rewards to our (Canadian) backers by Christmas 2015. It's a tight timeline, but we'll do everything in our power to make it happen. And if it simply can't be done, we'll provide you with a printable card to give to whoever you may have bought the item for.

While these are the foreseeable challenges for us at the moment, we have a team of fantastic people at the Calgary Public Library Foundation that will be behind us every step of the way. We will continue to update our challenges as they arise in our attempt to run this campaign with utmost transparency.

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    Pledge CA$ 1 or more About $0.76

    Thanks for helping us build the 21st century Library! You will receive a thank-you email, be included on our donor wall, and are invited to our LEGO model tear-down party. Join us in 2018 when we take apart our 100,000 piece LEGO model of Calgary's New Central Library. You will be encouraged to take a LEGO brick home with you as a reminder that it takes a lot of small pieces to make something big and awesome! (This event will be held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada–details to follow)

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    Pledge CA$ 2 or more About $1.51

    Give us your two cents (or two dollars, in this case)! Back us at this level and you'll be invited to an online group where we'll be discussing the IdeaLab's potential for the community. You will also be invited to our Lego model tear down party.

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    Pledge CA$ 10 or more About $8

    You will receive a thank-you email, an invitation to the tear-down party, and a download link for one of three exclusive device background packages. Choose either the Architecture, Play, or Literary themed set and download matching backgrounds for your phone, tablet, and computer.

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    Pledge CA$ 25 or more About $19

    You will receive everything in the $10 package and...
    Four literary themed bookmarks. These beautifully printed bookmarks were illustrated by a local artist exclusively for this project.

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    Pledge CA$ 50 or more About $38

    Everything in the $25 package and...
    A limited-edition mug OR a tote in one of three designs: Architecture, Play, or Literary.

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    Pledge CA$ 75 or more About $57

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    A limited-edition mug AND a tote in one (or two) of three designs: Architecture, Play, or Literary.

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    Pledge CA$ 100 or more About $76

    Everything in the $25 package and...
    A custom-designed limited-edition LEGO mini figure and accessories of Calgary's Mayor, His Worship Naheed Nenshi.

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    Pledge CA$ 250 or more About $189

    Everything in the $25 package and...
    A custom-designed, build-your-own, limited-edition mini LEGO replica of the landmark New Central Library in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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    Pledge CA$ 500 or more About $378

    Everything in the $25 package and...
    Two tickets to a private unveiling event and tour of the New Central Library before it is open to the public. (This event will be held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada - details to follow)

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    Pledge CA$ 750 or more About $566

    A 3 foot, 9 inch long Lego shovel designed and built by Master Builder, Ben Stephenson. It was used for the New Central Library ground-breaking and would be a fantastic addition to any Lego fanatic's collection.

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    Pledge CA$ 1,000 or more About $755

    Everything in the $25 package and...
    Two tickets for dinner (catered by one of Calgary’s top restaurants in the New Central Library) and an after hours tour of the space. (In Calgary, AB - Details to follow)

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    Pledge CA$ 1,500 or more About $1,133

    Everything in the $100 package and...
    A build-it-yourself LEGO model of the New Central Library designed by Master Builder, Ben Stephenson. Created for people who love LEGO and the Calgary Public Library, this limited-edition set is over 12.5 inches long and made up approximately 850 pieces to commemorate an important piece of Calgary's future.

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    Pledge CA$ 4,000 or more About $3,020

    Everything in the $25 package and...
    Two invitations to a dinner party with Craig Dykers (the lead architect for the New Central Library) and Rob Adamson (Calgary's own partnering architecture firm) - followed by an exclusive tour through the New Central Library and a question and answer session. (This event will be held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada - details to follow)

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    Pledge CA$ 4,000 or more About $3,020

    An exclusive LEGO play party at a Calgary Public Library community library for a group of approximately 25 people ages five and up. Throw a party for 25 of your closest friends, or make the event even more meaningful by sponsoring an elementary class or one of the Library’s colossal play dates.
    (This event will be held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada - arrangements to follow)

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    Pledge CA$ 8,000 or more About $6,041

    A decorative plaque recognizing your contribution to the IdeaLab located on a bookshelf within the New Central Library. (10 year duration)

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    Pledge CA$ 8,000 or more About $6,041

    Sponsorship of a Calgary Public Library program for a season, which will be named in your honour. Programs at the Calgary Public Library offer life enrichment, skills development, education and entertainment experiences for all stages of life. (Arrangements to follow)

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    Pledge CA$ 8,000 or more About $6,041

    Use of the New Central Library’s Welcome Gallery space for a private function. With 7,000 ft², the Welcome Gallery will greet thousands of people daily, and act as a bright and open space for both temporary exhibits and private events.

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Funding period

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